US letter Pocket Book Digital Printable Journal Kit
A simple-to-make mini journal in a pocket book style. The printable kit has everything you need to make as many pocket books as you want, with many different looks.
The pocket book journal kit contains:
- 8 full sheets of pocket book pages, with 4 small pages per sheet
- 6 full sheets decorative backgrounds to print on the reverse side of your pocket book pages
- 4 full sheets of vintage style lined writing paper, also to print on the reverse of your pocket book pages
- 4 full sheets of pocket book covers and 3 spines to go with each cover
- A decorated coin envelope to store your pocket book, or to place a pocket book inside as a gift
This kit is sized for US letter printing, the kit for A4 sized prints is here
You can watch a video about the kit and how to use it on my Art Paper Joy YouTube channel here (publication due Oct 18th 2022).
How I use my Pocket Book Journal Kit
I wanted to create this kit so that I can print out small journals to use in the last months of 2022 and then into 2023 as little monthly gratitude journals. We all need to search out the good bits these days, don’t we? I want to have a little journal, with no pressure to write loads, just for happy, inspiring quotes, memories and maybe some little bits of art and a photo or two.
As I show in the video, an ideal size is to use two sheets of small pages, each printed on the other side with a background page, cut into 8 individual page sheets, then folded and assembled to make two signatures.
Each signature has four page sheets, giving 16 individual small pages. The two signatures are bound together in the clever cover, and then the spine is glued in place to complete the pocket book.
The final pocket book has 32 pages, plus the cover, so easily one little page for each day of the month.
So many uses: menu planning, shopping lists, work rotas, a little notebook for your main journal or planner, a mini art journal, a habit journal.
You can also make slightly bigger pocket books using more pages. I would recommend not more than 7 sheets per signature (you might need to trim the middle pages of each signature slightly). But that would give you 28 x 2 pages, so a pocket book with 56 pages, plus the cover.
The coin envelope
This is sized to fit your pocket book perfectly and you can print and make as many as you like. Print the image on one side of the paper and a background sheet on the other. The inside then looks as pretty as the outside.
You can also assemble the coin envelope inside out, giving you many different coin envelope designs. And why not print the envelope on one side or some decorative paper you already have for even more envelopes.
As I go through the year, I’m going to put my pocket books inside their envelopes, with one for 2 months. At the end of the year I’ll have a year of happy memories, ready to put together with ribbon and lace for a lovely keepsake.
Giving a pocket book as a gift
For a gift, I recommend using the four pages per signature pocket book, and then placing it in the coin envelope. Use one of the spines as a mini pocket on the back and make a small notecard from one of the pocket book small pages to tuck inside with your special message.